“Good and Evil are opposite points on a circle…Greater good is just halfway back to Bad.” – Sheri Holman
How does corruption go unseen until it’s too late to be challenged? It’s a historically verified problem that darkness gets the jump on us every time. Was there ever a time during the preamble to the formation of a dictatorship when people began to worry? If so, were those people summarily dismissed as crazy? Were they told that their worry was unjustified? Were they called hateful because of their dissent? Of course, the answer to these questions is all the same: Yes. People did worry when Hitler rose to power, and they were dismissed. People do worry, and they do speak out, but these people are rarely the loudest in the room.
We are not even close to a dictatorship in this country, but that doesn’t mean that tyrannical qualities are not present in our leadership. The difference between tyranny and dictatorship is merely one of degrees. To reach the utterly malicious, one must first cross multiple thresholds, each one representing the further encroachment of the state. Tyranny is being told that you must denounce your faith if you want the privilege of living in the republic. Tyranny is being fined for refusing to participate in a government program. Tyranny is the slow federalization of the press—which brings me to my point.
Right now, the majority of the American press is stridently liberal. This is, however, mostly an act of independence on their part. They are choosing their own bias. Is it wrong? Yes. But it is not tyranny. I fear a government controlled press. You might scoff at that notion, being that we are a nation built on freedom, and more specifically, freedom of the press is one of our most well established freedoms. But a government controlled press will not come in the form of a hostile takeover; it will come under the guise of light. A government controlled media will be played out as an act of salvation.
According to Francis Martel of Breitbart, Rafael Correa, the president of Ecuador, wants to make the media a government guaranteed entity. During a meeting, Correa allegedly said the following:
“Why not make a constitutional amendment to establish that communications, and particularly information, are not merely private business but a public service that has to be guaranteed appropriately to society?”
In other words, Correa wants the government to control the press. To pawn his idea off as something that would be in the best interest of the people, it would be touted as a public service, an initiative to protect the public. This is how tyranny evolves into dictatorship.
Now, why would I compare a tyrannical dictatorship to the United States? Our press isn’t perfect, but it’s still free. Additionally, we would never allow the government to control the press. We’re too smart for that…right? I make the comparison because our press is already under attack. Remember the Fairness Doctrine? The idea floated by the Democrats every few years that would force networks to give equal time to the opposition? In the Fairness Doctrine is the seed of a press takeover.
It always starts as a public good. The press isn’t fair, and it is harming the people, so the government must step in to make sure the public is being given accurate information. It’s to protect the people! Opponents are labeled as crazy conspiracy theorists, who just want to spread propaganda to the masses. The reality, of course, is that those proposing government intervention are the ones trying to spread propaganda. It’s a classic propagandist move: spread the lie that your opponent is doing exactly what you are trying to do.
I see our future in Ecuador. The left will try to impose their will on the press, conservatives will protest, and we will be labeled as the enemy of truth. A takeover never begins with outright aggression, and hostility, but with gentle promises of fairness, and truth. Thresholds are being passed on a daily basis, and we can only take so many steps before we reach the final destination. In our increasingly tyrannical state are the seeds of a dictatorship. Ecuador is our analog, and we’d be wise to heed the warning.
It’s for the good of the people; it’s for the good of our republic.